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Mar 28, 2011 6:30pm EDT
u.s. fighters and all those billions of dollars in libya. >>> women versus walmart. the nation's biggest employer heads to a showdown in the nation's top court and the subject is sex discrimination. >>> curing diabetes? could surgery -- look at this woman before and now this woman after. could surgery work for 14 million obese americans with type ii of the disease. >>> and seven years old and sexy? a big company selling push-up bikinis for little girls as a lot of americans are wising up today to say it's time to draw the line. >>> good evening and thank you for joining us this monday. in less than one hour the president will take to the airwaves to try to convince americans that it was the right decision for the u.s. to be part of the allied fight in libya. a third battle front for the united states. with a lot of military force on the line and costing possibly billions. our jake tapper is standing by in the hall where the president is about to arrive at the national defense university in washington. jake, do you have the headline on what he's going to say? >> reporter: good eve
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Mar 22, 2011 4:00am EDT
the u.s. lead the quest to crush gadhafi's forces? >>> severe spring weather. one of california's biggest rainmaker ever. spawning blizzards and tornadoes across the country. >>> and dancing debut. kirstie alley, even the karate kid, make their quest for the mirrorball trophy. >>> good morning. the no-fly zone in libya appears easier to enforce this morning after another round of military might. >> here, now, are the latest developments from libya. u.s.-led air strikes lit up the skies over tripoli for a third night. >> but the american military commanders are looking to hand over control of this operation as soon as possible. >> president obama says, while moammar gadhafi needs to go, the libyan leader is not the target of the air strikes. emily schmidt begins our coverage this morning in washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. moammar gadhafi has kept an uncharacteristically low profile the last couple of days. no signs of him amidst all the signs of an expanding no-fly zone. for yet another day, coalition forces are targeting libya. a n
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Mar 28, 2011 4:00am EDT
>>> making news in america this morning. >> president obama gets ready to make his case for the u.s. role in libya. today's speech to the nation comes as libyan rebels go on the offensive. >>> japan rattled by another earthquake as the credibility gap widens in confusing statements about that criminalled nuclear plant. >>> and back here at home the final four bound. virginia commonwealth gets ready for another wild week after another march madness stunner. >>> good morning. we begin with libya where rebel forces are advancing on the capital tripoli this morning. >> and there's an unconfirmed report they've already taken moammar gadhafi's hometown which is a government stronghold, the rebels are benefitting from the air strikes by the international coalition. >> and tonight, president obama tells the american people why the u.s. thread effort. abc's emily schmidt joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: peggy and rob good morning to you. this is now day ten of the no-fly zone over libya. president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. he's expected to say the u
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Mar 28, 2011 5:00am EDT
make the case for u.s. involvement,. this comes as libyan rebels resume their offensive. they advanced 350 miles this weekend and retook two key oil towns. military missions are mostly completed according to u.s. officials. >> we prevented the large-scale slaughter that was beginning to take place and has taken place in some places. >> on one hand they say it's humanitarian and on the other they say gaddafi must go. >> defense secretary gates and secretary of state clinton will be brief congress on the u.s. mission in libya and the cost. the president will speak tonight at 7:00 -- 7:30 on abc 7 news. >>> monday. the crisis at the crippled nuclear power plant may be getting worse. japanese officials say highly radioactive iodine is seeping from the facility. contaminated sea water is being found farther from the plant. they are pumping hundreds of tons of radioactive water. now the plant operators are apologizing for overstating radio -- radiation levels inside the reactors. >>> 32 years ago today the u.s. suffered its worst nuclear crisis, three mile island nuclear plant in pennsylvani
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Mar 21, 2011 6:30pm EDT
of the skies. so what's next for u.s. forces and what will gadhafi do now? >>> radiation in food from japan. >> fukushima fresh vegetables. >> we do our own tests. >>> and an american family after ten days of hope learns their daughter was lost trying to save others. >>> men, women and jobs. which sex is getting 90% of the new jobs and why? >>> and sibling secrets. are you an older or younger sibling? news by which order gives you an edge in health and happiness. >>> good evening, as we come on the air tonight beginning this week together the united states is still in the middle of an international assault on moammar gadhafi's libya. but the battle is moving at breakneck speed. it is called "operation odyssey dawn" and as of tonight the skies are clear. gadhafi's forces have come to a halt though there are still big questions. how soon can the u.s. hand over the lead to other countries? who are these libyan rebels and are we even on the same side? and what is next? will gadhafi fold or could this go on for years? we have team coverage from washington to libya beginning with marth
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Mar 23, 2011 6:30pm EDT
to hear from you tonight from japan. >>> and now, we turn to the u.s. fighting forces in libya. and the strongest signal sent today by president obama that is u.s. is ready to turn the lead over to other nations. jake tapper is tackling the issue of does that mean united states troops will be out of harm's way? jake? >> reporter: speaker of the house john boehner sent a letter to president obama demanding to know when the u.s. is going to hand over command and control to that international coalition. the truth is, diane, the white house does not have an answer. they'd like to do it by the end of this week, but it's unclear that will happen. president obama is quiet eager to hand over command and control to the international coalition. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week, in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. we'll still be in a support role. >> reporter: that support role, supplying, jamming, intelligence, is not an exit strategy. it's still a huge commitment, though it would be significantly less than this
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Mar 22, 2011 2:35am EDT
leading the air assault on libyan air defense and assets on the ground, the u.s. will pull back and hand over command and control to someone. when? >> we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not a matter of weeks. >> reporter: the u.s. role will then shift to providing logistical support while the uk, france, italy and other countries enforce the no-fly zone. but no one will say how long that will last. >> i wouldn't speculate in terms of length at this particular point in time. >> reporter: after all, the no-fly zone over iraq ended from the end of gulf war i to the beginning of gulf war ii, 11 years. >>> there is now growing international disagreement over the u.s.-led attacks. norway with drew its planes because it was unsure about which country was in charge. meanwhile, russian prime minister vladimir putin railed against the air strikes as outside meddling, saying it is, quote, reminiscent of a medieval call for a crusade when someone called on others to go and liberate something. >>> and be sure to stay with abc news all day as we continue our cover
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Mar 28, 2011 11:00pm EDT
week. i will tell you all the details. obama >>> president the nation for the first the u.s. bombed libya to stop muammar gaddafi from attacking his own people. a failure to act would have a betrayal of who we are as he said., this speech comes amid criticism democrats and republicans. john has more on what is next for the white house. >> secretary of state hillary in london withet opposition and from 30 nations. failing to intervene in libya left the world watching and at the humanitarian disaster unfold. >> the people have been ruled by tyrant, muammar gaddafi. e has exploited their guelph, opponents at home and abroad and terrorize innocent people. >> it went on for a year in bosnia before the world responded. >> tonight we have stopped the deadly attacks. >> hours earlier rebels recaptured crucial territory. the president said he fulfilled promises and no ground troops. nato takes over on wednesday. >>for those who doubted our capacity to take care of this the u.s. has done said we would do. >> he pushed back who said the goal should go beyond the e of protecting civilians. >> b
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Mar 28, 2011 4:30am EDT
will make his case tonight about the u.s. role in libya. >> nato is ready to take the helm. the libyan rebels are on the offensive now. >> president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. expected to say that the u.s. acted quickly to avoid catastrophe. libyan rebels will say it made a difference. doubles the advanced 350 miles on the weekend. a march toward tripoli that includes the hometown of gaddafi. the rebels tried this before, but they were pushed back. now they have the backing of nato, which announced yesterday it is taking over coalition military operations. >> nato will command all aspects of the u.n. resolution. >> nato's increased role means the u.s. hand over of control. defense secretary gates says the military missions are to a large extent completed. >> we have prevented the large- scale slaughter that was beginning to take place and has taken place in some places. >> critics say the administration has given mixed messages. >> on one hand they say is humanitarian and on the other they say gaddafi must go. >> gaddafi has to go. the president has b
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Mar 30, 2011 4:00am EDT
debate in washington, whether the u.s. should help the rebels by providing them with weapons. emily schmidt has the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. president obama says he is looking at all options to support the rebels. but when members of the international diplomatic community met in london and had a chance to talk about it, one member said the talk of arming rebels didn't come up. with nato set to take command of military operation, president obama says moammar gadhafi is feeling the pressure. >> the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening. their days are probably numbered. >> reporter: diplomats from more than three dozen countries met in london yesterday, to discuss libya in a potential post-gadhafi era. >> we must help people plan for their future after the conflict is over. >> reporter: but forces loyal to gadhafi are pushing back rebels from ground they just gained. diplomats say they did not discuss arming the rebels. though, the idea is up for debate. >> there could be a legitimate transfer of arms if i country would ch
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Mar 25, 2011 4:00am EDT
>>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. is transferring command of the operation against moammar gadhafi's force in libya, just as the mission gains more arab support. >>> safety concerns about the nation's air traffic control system after one controller missed sleeping on the job. >>> and the champion dethroned. duke is dominated by arizona, as the march madness sweet 16 gets into high gear. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. there is a major change in command in enforcing that no-fly zone over libya. libya -- nato has agreed to take charge of those operations. >> and the changeover from u.s. hands could take place as early as tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us now from washington with the latest details. >> reporter: the u.s. has been cutting back on its role in this no-fly zone enforcement. in fact, just yesterday, the pentagon said 75% of the combat missions are now flown by the coalition partners. soon, this transition is going to be official. the no-fly zone over libya that has international support is now getting internationa
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Mar 28, 2011 6:00pm EDT
president hopes to explain to his supporters and critics by libya is important to u.s. national security. the president was that a multicultural school in the northwest today when riot that he was asked why he was spending money in libya when the school spending is lagging. libya was not what he wanted to focus on today. >> i will be addressing this issue tonight and i have already addressed that on several occasions including on your program. our involvement is going to be limited, both in time and scope. >> voters say they need a president to better explain the u.s. involvement. >> i want to hear from him why he feels is necessary to send troops over there. >> we are still boosting military spending but cutting all of these important programs, so i feel it is a problem. >> as the fights ray john, there are complaints from republicans and some democrats -- as the fighting rages on, there are complaints. on the ground, rebels are cheering. gaining strength that thanks to the air strikes by coalition forces. after losing ground last week, the rebels are dancing. a spokesman for the opposi
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Mar 24, 2011 6:30pm EDT
, we're learning of an agreement for the u.s. to hand over a huge part of that bold operation over libya. and tonight, an abc news exclusive. martha raddatz with extraordinary access. behind me, you're looking at the "usskearsarge." martha spending hours on board with the american commander. tonight, the latest on these new u.s. plans to hand over partial control and she has ne details about the rescue of those u.s. pilots ejecting from 22,000 feet and tough questions for the commander. will this operation be a success in the end? martha landed back at a u.s. base in italy just a short time ago and has the latest. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are a lot of details to be worked out about that nato plan, but we did spend a remarkable day jumping from warship to warship with the man currently in charge. general carter ham took charge of africa command on march 9th. ten days later, he was at war. and now, he is here, in the middle of the fight, touring the u.s. warships off the coast in libya. he brought the sailors and marines some encouragement from their commander in chief
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Mar 4, 2011 4:00am EST
middle east today, as the u.s. says mommar gadhafi must go. >>> protest nation. wisconsin's two-week sit-in reaches a turning point. while riot police are called to a campus in california. >>> and reaction, letting in after a star athlete is kicked off his team for having premarital sex. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. it's a critical day in libya, as protesters are now being urged to demonstrate their anger. that turnout could show whether mommar gadhafi has control. >> and president obama has a tough, new message for the libyan leader. emily schmidt has the details from washington. emily? >> reporter: president obama says there's a danger of a stalemate in libya that could turn bloody. so, for the first time, he's officially saying how the u.s. weighs in. there are reports of new libyan government air strikes on rebel forces trying to get reinforcements on the ground. now, the rebels are getting verbal reinforcements from washington. for the first time, president obama has publicly called on libya's leader to step down. >>
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Mar 27, 2011 10:00am EDT
week." u.s. and allied bombs and missiles hammer libyan targets. the rebels gain ground. and the president prepares to make his pitch to the american people. >> it's u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> what if gadhafi stays? just back from the middle east, defense secretary robert gates and secretary of state hillary clinton come to "this week" for the first interviews since the attacks began to make the president's case. what does victory look like? can it be achieved? and at what cost? >>> then -- >> i don't have any regrets at all. >> what would donald rumsfeld do in a third war. and he'll respond to critics who say he's been rewriting history. >>> and george will and the "roundtable" will debate the libyan mission, the president's message. and why one hopeful is having a tough time agreeing with himself. >> announcer: live from the newseum. "this week" with christiane amanpour starts now. >> good morning, i'm jake tapper. christiane is off today. >>> some major developments in libya. rebel forces have scored a key victory taking back the oil town of brega in the east. th
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Mar 3, 2011 4:00am EST
>>> making news this thursday morning. >> u.s. troops targeted. killed at an airport by a man shouting in arabic. was it a terrorist act? >>> tales of abuse from a 90-year-old legend. mickey rooney's testimony about a growing problem. >>> and sheen's saga. new tweets from the star overnight. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. german investigators say the frankfurt airport shooting that left two dead, could be a terrorist attack. >> those responsible will be brought to justice. emily schmidt joins us now for the waitest. >> reporter: mike and peggy, good morning to you. we're waiting to learn the names of the two aram who were killed in the attack. they were about to be deployed overseas to begin a mission. inste at least a dozen air force security personnel had arrived from england, on their way to a u.s. base in germany. law enforcement officials say the alleged gunman walked up to them, began arguing, and pulled out an automatic weapon. nine rounds later, when his gun jammed, two airmen were dead, two more wounded.
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
today. he will deal with sensitive u.s. policy is used like immigration, narcotics, and gun trafficking. last night the president of chile hosted a dinner for the president and mrs. obama. mr. obama called for a new partnership between u.s. and latin america. >>> collisions strikes continue targeting gaddafi's forces in libya. u.s. military officials say the assault on libyan air defenses have been successful and that the no-fly zone will be extended. emily schmidt has been tracking the latest developments overnight and has the latest. >> good morning. moammar gaddafi has kept a low profile the past couple days, no signs of him amid all the signs of a no-fly zone expanding. this isn't the fourth day after three nights of coalition forces targeting libya. they have gained control of libyan airspace over the eastern part of the country. now the focus is expanding towards the capital of tripoli. the u.s. continues to say that gaddafi himself is not a target. president obama yesterday said that he has called for gaddafi to step down, but the military action is solely aimed at en
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Mar 29, 2011 4:00am EDT
>>> making news in america this morning -- >> the u.s. gets ready to hand off the mission in libya, after president obama makes his case to the nation, that military intervention was necessary. >>> from california, a sliding hillside puts homes in danger. families told to get out before their houses tumbled down. >>> and the drastic measures taken by one teen who wanted a new car. wait until you hear what she did to get it. >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us today. president obama takes his case for military action against libya on the road today. it will be part of a major speech that mr. obama gives later today. >> right here in new york. >> and last night, the president spoke to the nation to defend his choices and also to announce that nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with all the details. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. before president obama used the word libya last night, he said the words international effort. and he said the world had had a responsibility to a
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Mar 23, 2011 4:30am EDT
. >> punyasara gedara was walking home from the subway where he works, his first job in the u.s. since he moved from sri lanka six months ago. >> he did not have any money. if it were robert, i would be skeptical of that. -- if it were robbery. >> the guy was lying there and bleeding in the face. it is a shame. >> police say this elderly man was also murdered. this has happened twice in less than a week. >> it just does not happen here. this is shocking in bethesda. >> john gonzales,. abc,. >>> a former lululemon employee is criticizing the company's security practices. she says the policy of allowing employees to police each other is irresponsible. brittany norwood killed jayna murray earlier this month after murray allegedly found stolen merchandise in her bag. all lululemon spokesperson would not comment. >>> we are hearing from the family of a virginia teacher killed in the disaster in japan. anderson won was originally from the richmond area. she is the coast north american victim of the march 11 quake and tsunami -- she is the first no known american victim. she was teaching at a ci
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Mar 30, 2011 4:30am EDT
is a deployment to the libyan coast at for u.s. troops that could last a year. >> we will keep applying pressure and hopefully he will get the message soon. >> president obama laid out five criteria that justify u.s. involvement in libya but he will not say if those same criteria would apply to other countries. >>> new problems are arising as crews tried to stabilize the crippled nuclear power plant in japan. three workers were drenched with radioactive water despite wearing waterproof suits. the seawater is thousands of times higher than normal. >>> with housing still weighing on the economic turnaround, a program to help troubled homers is getting killed on capitol hill. -- troubled homeowners. >> linda bell has more. >> the house of representatives voted to end another housing program backed by the obama administration. this one is the home affordable modification program, designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure by paying banks and mortgage servicers to modify monthly payments. although it permanently modified more than half a million mortgages, it was still seen as a
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Mar 1, 2011 4:30am EST
people? >> the u.s. ambassador to the united nations says that moammar gaddafi is disconnected from its people. >> he is delusional. >> the u.s. treasury department has frozen $30 billion in libyan assets and u.s. forces are moving closer to the country. >> he has lost the legitimacy to govern and it's time for him to go off without further violence or the lead. >> the u.n. says is too dangerous for international aid agencies to assess the needs in libya. they could deliver supplies into neighboring tunisia to melt brevities -- to help refugees. he claims that he's been betrayed by the u.s. because he says president obama is misinformed. >>> the libyan embassy in washington today will raise a flag used before the leader took power in 1959. -- 1969. the state department replaced its ambassador to the u.n. after he said he supported the protesters. >>> there's a of alert for the metro region. an airline passenger who contract to the measles may have come into contact with people in the district. the woman are not at dulles airport october 820 and left the region through bwi marshall t
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Mar 29, 2011 5:00am EDT
argued last night that the u.s.-led coalition helped to avert a massacre that would have "stained the contents of the world." the alliance against gaddafi has made significant gains. rebels have recaptured nearly all the ground they lost and are closing in on the home town of gaddafi. the president emphasized that these gains have come at a relatively low-cost. the u.s. has not gone into this along. so the progress has come without u.s. ground troops and with a full transfer of power to nato tomorrow. the president stopped short of supporting a forceful removal of adopted, which has become a point of contention with republicans. >> now we are fighting on the side of the anti-gaddafi rebels. we are paving the way for them. we should acknowledge that. >> the president has found himself all along caught between those saying that he has not done enough and those that have said he has done too much. hillary clinton is in london today with international leaders to explore other options such as financial. >>> the situation at the crippled japanese nuclear power plant is being described as "v
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Mar 29, 2011 6:00am EDT
satellite center. >> good morning. the president's case centers around human rights. he argues the u.s.-led coalition helped to avert a massacre. it would have stained the contents of the world, he said. the president has faced serious criticism. some have argued our personal interests are to avoid such conflicts and others say why are we not preventing the genocide in ivory coast instead of libya? his qualifications include not simply a defense of human rights, but the inclusion of a multilateral international alliance. he contrasted these efforts with u.s. involvement in iraq's. >> but regime to change their took eight years, thousands of american and iraqi lives and nearly a trillion dollars. that is not something we can afford to repeat in libya. >> the coalition has not supported covertly gaddafi by force, so the president will pursue political financial, and other pressures to drive gaddafi out. secretary clinton is in london with international leaders to explore those options. ben eisler, abc 7 news. >>> the japanese government says the situation at the crippled nuclear car plant is
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Mar 30, 2011 6:30pm EDT
devastating. today, scientists in the u.s. say we're unprepared. >> a number of cities are at risk. boston, new york city, charlesson. >> reporter: it's not just california. the most dangerous zone is in the middle of the country. the last big one here was in 1895. and when, not if, when it happens, millions will be left homeless. >> it's a hard, cold slap slab that allows the energy to travel. in california, energy dissipates quicker. >> reporter: jerry is a geologist in memphis. he shows us cities that would not make it. >> in areas that may receive the most damage, you would expect that those fire department buildings may not be operational. >> reporter: the scientists suggest we test early warning systems. they are pushing for more aggressive building codes. and new rules to reinforce our oldest buildings. >> the you look at haiti, chile, christchurch and how to japan, the question would why aren't we getting ready. >> reporter: they're hoping that everyone takes them seriously. >> thanks, steve. >>> as the country weighs how to respond to that report, abc's yunji de nies explo
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Mar 29, 2011 4:30am EDT
wounds appear to be non- threatening. >>> u.s. park police need your help as they searched for suspects who robbed a man along the national mall last night near the capital garden at the smithsonian institution building. that is in texas and street southwest. two masked men went through the victim's pockets, but fled without taking anything. the victim was hospitalized with minor injuries. >>> president obama takes his case for military action in libya on the road today. he will make a speech later today in new york. >> last night the president defended his tauruses and announced nato will take over the lead role tomorrow. emily schmidt. has schmidt >> president obama explaining the u.s. involvement in libya he said it was the right thing to do. >> the u.s. and the world faced a choice. gaddafi declared that he would show no mercy to his own people. it was not in our national interest to lack that happen. i refused to back that happen. >> mr. obama said in 10 days the coalition stopped gaddafi's advance, doing so without the u.s. ground troops and with a full transfer of power to nato t
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Mar 24, 2011 2:35am EDT
. >>> president obama is facing now new pressure from congress over the u.s. military's role in libya. >> republicans are now demanding specifics from the president about his goals in libya. john hendren has the latest from washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. as the military operation in libya enters its sixth day, at least in public, moammar gadhafi is showing no sign of giving up. sources say obama administration officials have told european allies they want to hand off control of the international operation in libya this week. nato is already activating ships and planes in the mid terrain yan, a move president obama describes as u.s. exit strategy. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. >> reporter: in benghazi they're cheering a no-fly zone as airborne life line. pro-democracy rebels are holding onto that area. secretary of state hillary clinton calls it the humanitarian catastrophe that did not happen. >> gadhafi' troops were poised to enter bengha
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Mar 21, 2011 6:00pm EDT
u.s. commander in africa. >> our actions are focused on extending the no-fly zones half -- southward and then westward with the growing capabilities of the coalition. >> some say this is a civil war and not a threat to u.s. security. overseas visiting israel, sarah palin fault the president for what she called dithering and delay. >> he waited too long. no doubt in my mind. but now it is what it is and we need now to support him. >> president obama defended the lead in the attacks. >> there are different phases to the campaign. in the initial campaign, we took a larger role because we have the capabilities, like our ability to take out their systems. >> so far qatar is the only arab league member to be involved. but the administration says they cannot disclose all members because some could face the enemies wrath. >>> 4 "new york times" journalists captured last week are free to night. the staffers reporters at one photographer were released today and are now at the turkish embassy in libya which released these photos. the four had entered the rebel- controlled eastern portion of lib
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Mar 23, 2011 6:00am EDT
shot to death as he was walking home from his job. the first job that he has had in the u.s. since moving here from sri lanka six months ago. this comes just days after 81- year-old nazir ahmed was found dead in his home. the man known to many as uncle nazir was also murdered. police want to know whether the two incidents may be connected. they happened just days apart from one another. they are looking at the villains video now from cameras in the area near the incident. they are running ballistics tests to see if the same weapon was used in both of these incidents. they are looking for an older model based toyota camry. they saw that vehicle leaving the area near the scene of the monday. police are trying to determine whether or not these two cases might be related. reporting live, brianne carter, abc 7 news. >>> our other top story this morning, a d.c. family's desperate search for missing mother is over. emily hershenson was last seen monday morning shortly after leaving her adams morgan home. police found her this morning on the national mall. she is said to be in good conditi
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Mar 31, 2011 6:30pm EDT
up in the u.s. milk supply. exactly how much? is it completely safe? we take you inside the laboratory to see for yourself. >>> tornado fury. violent twisters tossing everything in their path, even striking the space center in florida. >>> mega-wow. seven overjoyed coworkers claim that $319 million prize. and we find one of the colleagues who opted out of the ticket that day. what did he say to us? >>> and, coming home. the marine who watched the birth of his first child from the battlefield with us finally gets to hold her tiny hand, right here, tonight. >>> good evening. we begin with america's milk, and that radiation from japan. all day, we have heard the reassurances that the radiation now being found in some of the u.s. milk supply is minimal and poses no risk. so, we spent this day answering some serious questions. since the radiation in some form has been found in 20 states, exactly how much has been linked to the milk and how the are experts sure that it is safe? abc's abbie boudru is at a lab in california tonight. abbie? >> reporter: diane, with radiation still le
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Mar 24, 2011 5:00am EDT
pressure from congress, president obama says the u.s. will reduce its involvement to a support role in the next few days. >>> 5:07, 41 degrees. >> still ahead a brutal attack on a woman and five children. a husband and father is facing charges. >> lindsay lohan returns to court again. does she make a decision that will keep her out of jail? and anothe >>> good morning. thanks for waking up with us. time for a check of traffic and weather every ten minutes. >> steve rudin is standing by with the latest on the weather. >>> i wish i had a better forecast in terms of milder temperatures. the good news is we will see a little sunshine later this afternoon. temperatures are chilly at 39 in gaithersburg and all the rain from last night is well to the east. there is a system moving across front royal and winchester. we expect this to break apart over the next few hours or so. i cannot rule out a chance of a few wet snowflakes to the north and west of the dc metro. not expecting accumulation. a little patchy fog at 9:00 in the morning temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. maybe it region aroun
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Mar 27, 2011 6:00pm EDT
ask, why is the u.s. part of this operation? his own defense secretary telling abc news today this is not a vital national interest. so, as the president prepares to address the nation tomorrow, can he convince americans that the u.s. should be involved in this operation? as the u.s. hands over power to nato what is the end game for american forces? and will there be a deal with gaffedy if to get him out? david kerley looefds us off at the white house tonight. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. the administration attacked the air waves today, making its case a week into the bombing of libya, a day before the president's big speech. and, even the president's own defense secretary admitted on abc's "this week" that libya did not pose a threat. >> do you think libya posed a threat to the united states? >> no, no. it was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the united states. but it was an interest. >> reporter: an interest, gates says, because gadhafi threatened to slaughter his own people. facing criticism, the president in his speech tomorrow night, is expected to sa
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00am EDT
u.s. insists that gaddafi is not a target. president obama says military action is based solely on enforcing the u.n. resolution. president obama expects fully that the u.s. will continue to decrease its role in this military operation in a matter of days and not weeks. it is not entirely clear who will take control of the no-fly zone enforcement. emily schmidt reporting. back to you. >> thank you. >>> president obama is calling for a new partnership between the u.s. and latin america. the president and first lady will travel to el salvador this morning. last night in santiago, the president of chile hosted a dinner for them. president obama wants expanded business between the u.s. and latin america. >>> the former minnesota governor is the first prominent republican to launch a presidential exploratory committee. there was a video posted on facebook that talks about his midwest routes and the challenges facing the country. >>> now that winter is over, the district is launching a full- scale assault on models. -- on potholes. residents are encouraged to call 311 and report the exac
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Mar 6, 2011 11:35pm EST
successful. prices at the pump that, are surging toward $4 per gallon. in response, u.s. officials are considering tapping into oil reserves. >> the issue of the reserves is one we are considering. it has been done in very rare occasions. >> most of us have been unable to ignore the surge in gas prices. the current national average for a gallon of gas is $3.50 per gallon. that is up 33 cents in just the past month. it is up 75 cents from a year ago. we heard william daley talk about the strategic oil reserve. can this be a substitute to? >> there are 327 million barrels, approximately that is good for what they say will be a couple of months of energy consumption for the united states. but i do not know if this will actually be a move they will make. it is a very rare thing that they do. it happens when different gulfcoast states are hit by hurricanes or when we were involved in kuwait in 1991 and 1992. the administration would be making a huge statement if they move to do it appeared >> it is a last resort for us. but the gas prices continued to rise and the obama administration i
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Mar 25, 2011 5:00am EDT
plant suffered critical setback. >> and the latest on libya as the u.s. and nato make a plan to transfer control of the no-fly zone. >> are high tech change many college basketball fans are making this year. >> and an application curtis: welcome back to geico radio, it's savings, on the radio. gecko: caller steve, go right ahead. steve: yeah, um, i just got a free rate quote on geico.com saved a ton, and it only took me 5 minutes and 12 seconds! steve: i was wondering, is that some sort of record? gecko: that's a good question. let's have a look. curtis: mmmm, not quite. someone's got you beat by 8 seconds. gecko: still, i mean, that's... that's quite fast! steve: well, what if i told lyu i only used one hand? anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. >>> good morning. 5:14. following breaking news from ots d.c. an amber alert for two children has been cancelled. two-year-old robert anderson and 10-month-old tiara anderson were taken last night by their father. they were found safely around 4:00 this morning. their father, 22-year-old robert anderson,
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Mar 30, 2011 6:00am EDT
approach. lawmakers say waiting for leave isn leader to leaving the u.s. involvement open-ended. there will be closed door congress with clinton and state defense secretary robert gates. face tough questions this morning. back to you. >> thank you. problems increased at the japanese nuclear power plant. were drenched with e water despite wearing waterproof suits. radiation levels in seawater plant are thousands of times higher than normal, which is a sign were contaminated water is reaching near the -- is reaching the ocean. president obama will go to georgetown university later this morning to outline his plan for creating clean sources of energy. last night hundreds of students get tickets for today's speech. >>> dc's cherry blossoms are at bloom for a second day. weather does not appear to have hurt them. the people is expected to last friday. the annual cherry blossom parade is april 9. te festival will be april 10. >>> 44 degrees outside. >> still ahead, ranking the healthy we are. >> speaking out about an alleged trading scandal. d.c.morning ahead schools is on the defense. >> an
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Mar 30, 2011 5:00am EDT
shooting rampage. the u.s. education department announced yesterday that its finding the school $55,000. that is the maximum amount allowed. university officials say they acted appropriately and plan to appeal. >>> today marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting on south capitol street when nine people were shot. four were killed. march 30, 2010. candelight prayer vigil will be held tonight. the event is being billed as a call to action. it will begin at 6:30 at brandywine and south capitol street, se. >>> we have new developments overnight in the crisis in libya. moammar gaddafi's troops pushed back rebel fighters in two town. international leaders are weighing their options and considering whether to arm the rebels. pamela brown is tracking the latest developments from the satellite center. >> good morning. the tide is turning once again in parts of libya. rebels are retreating from gaddafi's hometown of sirte after his loyal forces pounded them with tanks and rockets. this setback spurs more debate on whether to arm the rebels. it is an option president obama and ot
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Mar 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
the order for millions as radiation levels spike. >>> mission accomplished? u.s. strikes on libya would soon be over. but overnight, gadhafi says he will win. >>> and powerful, spring storms spawn tornados in the heartland, as a system now targets the northeast. >>> good morning. we begin this morning with some breaking news out of tokyo, japan. that city of about 7 million people has a new concern about radiation right now. >> and it's flowing out of every tap. new tests on tokyo's water have found it to be two times above the limit for radioactive iodine considered safe for infants. parents are now being told to keep it away from youngsters. but the level of iodine is said to pose no immediate health risk to adults. >> and broccoli was added to the list of vegetables taken from around the nuclear plant. the fda has halted all imports from that region. we'll have more coming up. >>> meanwhile, there is word of evacuation of the workers from the fukushima nuclear plant. that evacuation came amid come black smoke from the reactor. it could still be weeks or months before power line
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Mar 1, 2011 4:00am EST
, saying his people loves him. as the u.s. ponders military action. >>> rising waters affecting an entire state. it's expected to get worse today. >>> and inside charlie's world. the drugs and the women. long-time advisers quit. but now, an olive branch from cbs. >>> good morning. moammar gadhafi shows no signs of stepping down, despite mounting international pressure and also defeats at home. >> the flamboyant libyan leader sat down for an exclusive interview with our christiane amanpour. he claimed there were demonstrators or protesters in libya. and he was loved by all. >> emily schmidt joins us from washington now, with more on gadhafi and more reaction from the white house. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning, peggy and rob. for two weeks now, protesters have been taking control of city after city. but it turns out his view of what's happening is about as different as it can get. despite anti-government protesters closing in around moammar gadhafi's capital city, the libyan leader insisted to abc's christiane amanpour, that there are no protesters in his country at all. >>
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Mar 2, 2011 4:00am EST
secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. may even prosecute gadhafi for the 1988 pan am bombing. he's suspected of personally ordering that attack. >> as the u.s. weighs military action, there's concern about the conflicts and the harmful impact they'll have on the u.s. economy. >> emily schmidt has the latest on that from washington. emily? >> reporter: in libya, change and uncertainty carries a growing cost. in the years ahead, libya could become a peaceful democracy. or it could face protractive civil war. or it could descend into chaos. the stakes are high. >> reporter: the u.n. estimates more than 1,000 people have died. libya's oil chief says production is cut in half. guards at one of the nation's largest oil facilities say they are not taking sides in the conflict. u.s. consumers are feeling the pinch. food prices in january rose the fastest they have since 2008. oil topped $100 a barrel yesterday. gas is up 20 cents a gallon this week. >> it's killing us. we don't go anywhere but work and home. >> we could see gasoline between $4 and $5 a gallon by memorial day.
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Mar 1, 2011 6:00pm EST
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Mar 27, 2011 6:30pm EDT
>> preparing to address the nation, tomorrow president bama will speak to the country about u.s.-led military action libya. starts now. president night, obama will talk about the current situation in libya. to resident is expected plain his decision about muammar gaddafi. strong criticism. brussles, they will take over command from the u.s. f aerial operations as well as and d attacks in libya who's elcomed news asked to defend u.s. action. >> today his secretary of defense did explain. the implementation of no-fly zone is complete. >> he's under intense pressure to attack libya. of rt gates and secretary d ate hillary clinton offere insight into the president's thinking. posed an hink libya actual threat to the united states? >> no. no. it was not a vital national interest to the united states but it was an interest. you have resolutions on both west of libya. > egypt and tunisia. tunisia. nd destabilizing event taking risk in libya that put at potentially the revolutions in oth tunisia and egypt. >> imagine we were sitting here a benghazi had been overrun tens of 00,000 and ou
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm EDT
of the american f-15 that crash landed. the two-man crew ejected. u.s. officials say they are fine. >> one crew member was recovered by coalition forces and the other crew member was recovered by the people of libya. >> the landed in eastern libya an area in control of rebel forces. the plane went down because of mechanical problems, it was not shot down. even though coalition forces have all but destroyed libyan [unintelligible] >> democracy can be imposed from the outside. it must -- cannot be imposed from the outside. it must spring from within. >> the libyan government claims forces are doing more harm to the libyan people than good. >> many civilians were killed last night so what is happening is the british government is killing more civilians to protect civilians. >> how does robert gates feel about that? >> it is almost as though some people here are taking at face the liu gaddafi's claims which are outright lies. >> a short time ago gaddafi told a crowd of reporters his resilience and not afraid of the coalition bombs. >> a former lulu lemon employee is talking to us about
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Mar 28, 2011 12:00pm EDT
it could take weeks, and a tiny traces now of radiation at a spread it to the u.s. east coast. government officials said they have found very small amounts of radiation in the air and rain water in the washington, d.c., region. maryland and virginia are stepping up the radiation testing. va says the state's drinking water is safe and advising -- but advises residents to avoid drinking in the rain water. it appears the momentum is now shifting in libya. rebel forces had taken control of two critical oil cities. they're closing in on muammar gaddafi's home town, as coalition air strikes continue to hit libyan targets. tonight, president obama will explain the mission to the american people. here is the latest. >> with coalition aerial forces clearing the way libyan rebels move quickly across the eastern part of the country. they recaptured areas that lost to colonel gaddafi's forces of the last week, including two key oil cities. thanks to the air strikes this man said this place was free when we got here. there was no battle. one week after the aerial assault began, nato announ
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Mar 31, 2011 4:00am EDT
u.s. libyan rebels are outnumbered and outzbgunned by moammar gadhafi's force. and now more rebel forces may come from outside. >> broader question of assistance to the opposition is one that we're looking at very closely. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, president obama has signed a secret presidential finding authorizing covert operations to stop rebels. the president could make a decision to do so in the future. that would put more focus on those fighting gadhafi. >> you can who are those guys, you're going to think about whether or not you really want to arm them. because our history of arming groups we don't know hasn't been a terribly good one. >> we don't know as much as we would like to know and as much as we expect we will know. >> reporter: there are reports the cia already sent in small groups of operatives to libya and international envoys are beginning to meet with rebels. >> we know that an envoy from the united states is coming but i cannot confirm or deny. >> reporter: even with diplomatic back up, rebels are losing ground. their military spokesman says from a t
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Mar 24, 2011 4:00am EDT
over the u.s. role in libya. a leading republican has demanded that the president outline his goal there's. there's been concerns about the mounting costs. predictions are that the no-fly zone military actions could cost coalition forces $1 billion. the tomahawk missiles launched by the u.s. and britain, could cost up to $2 million alone. >>> restrictions were lifted this morning, as workers were handing out bottled water in tokyo. new tests showed reduced levels of iodine in tap water. yesterday, parents were told to keep children from drinking water from the tap. >>> crews are working in near cleat darkness. some using flashlights to go about their work. two workers at one reactor were injured today after being exposed to radiation. >>> a key figure in an army war crimes investigation has been sentenced to 24 years in prison as part of a plea deal. specialist jeremy morlock admitted to killing three afghan men last year. he said the killings were part of a larger plot to kill in the war zone. he is expected to testify against four other soldiers. >>> arizona shooting suspect, jar
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Mar 24, 2011 11:35pm EDT
>>> tonight on "nightline," no-fly boys. an exclusive first look at the secret u.s. war strategy in libya. in the sky with the general in charge and for the first time, we hear from the marines who swooped in to rescue their downed comrades. >>> savage sex. he is the sex columnist whose raw advice has won his infamy and an ardent following. so, what is he really after? >>> and, atomic kataways. fear of nuclear catastrophe, a city evacuates, but some are held back by destiny, or duty. we're in japan with the incredible story of what it's like to be stranded in a nuclear ghost town. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," march 24th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm bill weir. there are indications there could be more huge and potentially bloody uprising in yemen and syria tomorrow, but as for the current revolution in libya, tonight brought news that the u.s. will hand over command to nato to enforce that no-fly sewn. but questions remain. what is the american role going forward. with gadha
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Mar 25, 2011 6:30pm EDT
forces opened fire on dozens. >>> now, to target libya, and tonight, as the u.s. prepares to hand over part of this giant operation, there is no question that u.s. forces and money will continue to be spent. martha raddatz, the only reporter to land on the "uss kearsarge" in the mediterranean, asking tough questions tonight about our overspent forces and our taxpayer dollars. martha? >> reporter: david, while america may be handing over more of the mission to allies here in the region, it's clear that america's servicemen and women will still be bearing a heavy load. and it taxpayers paying a great deal of the bill. this is what the mission of protecting civilians in libya looks like today. british fighter jets high above the libyan desert scouring for targets. just outside a city, a column of libyan tanks threatening to fire. the british lock on, taking out one tank and then another with precision-guided missiles. six tanks destroyed in all. >> gadhafi has no air defense left to him and a diminishing ability to command his forces on the ground. >> reporter: in the past 24 hours, of th
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Mar 29, 2011 11:35pm EDT
. but nuclear regulatory commission safety records show more than 50 safety violations at u.s. nuclear plants from 2007 through 2011. and now there's a move on capitol hill to block lie senses for new plants. here's pie area thomas with our report. >> reporter: this is the dressen nuclear power plant in illinois. located within 50 miles of the 9 million people who live in and around chicago. but less than two years ago, the nuclear regulatory commission cited them for allowing unlicensed operators to work with control rods. they allowed three to be moved out of the reactor core when they should not have been. worse, the workers initially ignored alarms. that wasn't the only problem at dreaden. four years ago in 2007, nuclear material literally went missing from the plant. federal regulators fined the company, saying it failed to keep complete records of all special nuclear material. >> history tells us that utilities, some utilities, cut corners, and then when the day of reckoning arrives, they won't be ready to respond in the same way that the utility executives in japan were not read
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Mar 31, 2011 6:00pm EDT
appears at least publicly that the u.s. is stepping back a bit in its role regarding libya because nato forces officially took over today. but behind the scenes, the u.s. may be digging in even deeper. another day of difficult battles in libya meant challenging ones here in washington as well. top military officials were grilled by lawmakers, mad they were not asked to sign off on a libyan plan and worried about an escalation. >> there will be no good some ground. >> but they would not deny reports the cia has people there now and could not say if the u.s. plans to provide the rebels with weapons and training. >> discuss our plans if any regarding harming the rebels. they seem to be getting their butts whipped. >> we are looking at options from not doing it to doing it. >> the white house was also vague on the mission that has cost u.s. taxpayers more than half a billion dollars. >> we do not have a crystal balls and cannot predict when it will end. >> as for the prospects of ousting muammar gaddafi there are signs his inner circle continues to crumble. two major defections, includ
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Mar 24, 2011 11:00pm EDT
. >>> note to the latest summit crisis in libya. the u.s. role in military operations and is about to change. the u.s. military will continue airstrikes that target ground forces. a libyan jet attempted to violate the no-fly zone and was shot down. >> we saw a libyan fighter jet taking off. it was detected by french aircraft. with standing rules of engagement it attacked that aircraft. >> representative from the gaddafi mayor james and the rebel group are expected -- gadhafi regime and the rebel group are expected to meet tomorrow. they expect an agreement to cease fire and a solution. >>>>> in japan engineers have pulled out of the area for safety checks of the plant. the governor of tokyo is trying to calm fears about the water supply. he drank a glass of tap water to show people it is said. this was one day after officials warned people not to drink the water. >>> meanwhile this began at the washington monument. the event was held to show unity for the suffering from the earthquake and tsunami. funds raised tonight go to the red cross japan relief effort. >>> the rain might be g
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